Rye Castle Museum is the local history museum for the beautiful maritime town of Rye .
It displays objects from Rye's long history and also introduces you to Rye's illustrious past.
It helps you understand why Rye was once one of Britain's leading ports and also why that
changed from the sixteenth century onwards.
The Museum has two sites, one a medieval building known as the Ypres Tower and the other
an old bottling factory, now converted into a museum, in East Street. The Ypres Tower is one
of the oldest buildings in Rye , and survived the burning of the town by the French at the
end of the fourteenth century.
On display in the Tower are; medieval pottery, ironwork, smuggling and law enforcement items.
Our East Street building contains Rye's old fire engine from the eighteenth century and
paintings and engravings of Rye in the past. There is an exhibition of pottery made in Rye
including the renowned hopware, the famous Sussex Pig and Rye Pottery.
This is just a small part of what is on show.
Opening Hours :
April to October: Thursday to Monday - 10.30am to 5.30pm last admission 5pm
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Ypres Tower open every day in July, August and September
November to March: Ypres Tower only -
weekends 10.30am to 3.30pm last admission 3pm
East Street site closed.
Parties by arrangement in the winter months phone for details 01797-226728